Mark Boulton


Helvetica Now

Helvetica Now Font: Every single glyph of Helvetica has been redrawn and redesigned for this expansive new edition

Published on 09 Apr 2019

Public Sans

Published on 09 Apr 2019

Introducing USWDS 2.0 | United States Web Design System

Today, we’re launching U.S. Web Design System 2.0 (USWDS 2.0), a new foundation for the future of our design system. This new version was designed to make it easier for any project to integrate USWDS and use it to support both your mission and the needs of your audience.

Published on 08 Apr 2019

Structured Content Design Workflow: A Case Study – Andy Fitzgerald – Medium

Great case study on structured content.

Published on 25 Mar 2019

Building a UI Kit in Figma

Detailed, thought-provoking post detailing the building a UI kit in Figma. I've yet to use Figma in anger but am hearing more and more mentions bubble up in the Zeitgiest. I think the most impactful paragraph of all is the last:

And so it’s important to remember that a design system is not a series of tools, but a community instead.
. Quite.

Published on 18 Mar 2019

Using the iPad Pro as my development machine

Extensive write-up by Fatih Arslan on using the iPad Pro as a main development machine. After trying this a few weeks ago whilst I was on holiday in France, I wish I'd seen this before. There are considerable challenges, workarounds and hacks employed. For me, though, it came down to one simple thing: the iPad Pro is light and, when coupled with the keyboard, is no laptop device; you need to be working at a desk or table. Then, because of the small screen, it leads to poor posture by leaning ove...

Published on 18 Mar 2019

Sophisticated Partitioning with CSS Grid | Rob Weychert

Great piece from Rob on creating varying grid combinations using CSS Grid.

My initial orderly attempts responded directly to the tabular nature of the data, and they were easy to parse, but their sterility was at odds with their content. The point of the site is to share something I love, and these early ideas were all head and no heart.

Published on 11 Mar 2019

Five recommendations (and many examples) for how to nurture engagement in European newsrooms

I've spent my fair share of time around news rooms over the years, first with the BBC and then with clients when I ran Mark Boulton Design. This piece from Nieman Lab has some gems in it. This is a standout, though:

“Make internal culture change a priority”: Articulate your organization’s values, use your community as active citizens instead of product users, and set up steps to hold others in your organization accountable for engagement
Pretty much applies to most modern organisations, though. Mobilise your internal community around shared goals at the same time as paying attention to your users or customers.

Published on 08 Mar 2019